If you’re thinking of relocating your family and getting a whole new start in life, I’d suggest crossing Burkina Faso off your list.
You probably don’t know where it is. I never even heard of it before. It’s an extremely-poor, land-locked country in Western Africa, formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta.
But here’s the deal. Newsweek just came out with its list of the 100 Best Countries in the world – and Burkina Faso’s at the very bottom of the list. Rated even worse as a place to live than Bangladesh, Pakistan, Yemen, or Ethiopia.
Burkina Faso. Definitely a good place to stay away from.
Instead, you might consider one of the top ten. Newsweek ranked them based on five metrics: education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment.
Coming out on top: Finland. Joined by, in order: Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Luxembourg, Norway, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, and Denmark. And every one of the top ten, may I point out, has single-payer, government-run health care.
So where’s the United States? The greatest country on earth? According to Newsweek, we’re not. We’re only #11.
As an American, it hurts to be ranked as a worse place to live than Canada. But at least we’re better than the UK. They’re only #14.
That’s my parting shot for today.